South Africa’s football captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot, South African police say.
Speaking at the scene of the crime in Vooslorus on the East Rand, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane said there were two suspects who were involved in the shooting.
The incident reportedly happened at Meyiwa’s girlfriend’s house Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, south of Johannesburg.
Senzo Robert Meyiwa, 27, was a South African footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Orlando Pirates in the Premier Soccer League, and for the South Africa national team.
“Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables. Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”
Nkosi-Malubane said that the bullet that was shot went through Meyiwa’s back, exiting through his chest. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Botshelong hospital.
“A Reward of up to R150 000 is on offer 4 any info that can lead to arrest,” the SA Police Service tweeted.
Sport minister Fikile Mbalula said the ministry would be in contact with Meyiwa’s family before issuing a full statement.
“The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Minister Fikile Mbalula, has with deep sorrow taken note of widely publicised reports of the passing away of Orlando Pirates and South African Goal keeper, Senzo Meyiwa,” the ministry said in a brief statement.
“The Ministry is currently reaching out to his family and his club and will issue a full statement in due course.”